Childhood obesity and meals at the table

Childhood obesity and meals at the table

bambiniobesiResearch has established that good and effective interaction between adults and children at the table at mealtimes reduces the risk of the latter becoming obese. Apparently, childhood obesity is not only caused by poor food choices (the attraction to sugary and fatty foods, junk food, which the parent often does not know how to control, giving too much, or letting the child swallow outside, for example at school), but also from an interaction problem with parents, which children manage by eating more .

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota and published in the journal “Pediatrics” underlines that talking to your children and pushing them to open up while they eat, establishing a complicit and peaceful atmosphere during meals, with a stimulating conversation and the presence of both parents (or of a parent and another adult, for example a relative) encourage children to socialize more and eat less. Meals then should only take place in the family. Children who are used to having dinner in the bedroom or eating alone tend to develop childhood obesity much more easily.

And it doesn’t end there: another research has instead established that overweight or obese mothers tend to belittle their children’s problems of childhood obesity. A sort of relay passage of obesity, which according to the research, published in the Journal of General Medicine , causes overweight mothers not to recognize the overweight of their children as worrying: therefore, alongside a discussion of familiarity in obesity, we it would be a problem of behavior and lack of objectivity.

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